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    what a better way

    This is about a Canadian English teacher who taught in a private institute and her effort to be close to Korean students by making her a Korean name. What is "what a better way"? Does "relate to" mean "getting close to" or "tell something to"? I don't get the underlined sentence.

    ex).I thought what a better way to relate to my students than to choose a Korean nickname for myself. With the help of some older kids, I chose the name "Han Mina".

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    Re: what a better way

    Getting the students to make a Korean name for her was a better way(of obtaining a Korean name) than choosing a Korean name for herself.
    Last edited by 5jj; 03-Oct-2011 at 07:03. Reason: typo

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    Re: what a better way

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Getting the students to make a Korean name for her was a better way(of obtaining a Lorean name) than choosing a Korean name for herself.
    Does "relate to" mean "getting involved with Korean students to make the name"? I think so.

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    Re: what a better way

    Sorry, my previous response was not correct. This is closer:

    Getting the students to make a Korean name for her was a better way (to relate to her students) than choosing a Korean name for herself.

    relate to - be able to understand and have sympathy with sb/sth.
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    Re: what a better way

    I think "relate to my students" is "to make relationships with my students", but where does "Getting the students to make a Korean name for her" come from? Is it an inference? Maybe I'm being silly, I'm sorry!

    I think "relate to" is just "tell something to somebody", so it's like this.
    I thought what a better way (it was) to relate to my students than to choose a Korean nickname for myself
    =I thought it was a better way to tell (about what name to make) to my students than to choose a Korean nickname for myself.

    But i"m not sure, please confirm this. Help me!
    Last edited by keannu; 03-Oct-2011 at 07:23.

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    Re: what a better way

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I think "relate to my students" is "to make relationships with my students", but where does "Getting the students to make a Korean name for her" come from? Is it an inference? Maybe I'm being silly, I'm sorry!
    No, it's me being silly this morning. My apologies.

    This is about a Canadian English teacher who taught in a private institute and her effort to be close to Korean students by making her a Korean name.

    That is not a good sentence. I somehow I read it as: This is about a Canadian English teacher who taught in a private institute and her effort to be close to Korean students by getting them to make her a Korean name.

    Clearly that version is different from the original, so you need to ignore my previous posts. I apologise for wasting your time.

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    Re: what a better way

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    No, it's me being silly this morning. My apologies.

    This is about a Canadian English teacher who taught in a private institute and her effort to be close to Korean students by making her a Korean name.

    That is not a good sentence. I somehow I read it as: This is about a Canadian English teacher who taught in a private institute and her effort to be close to Korean students by getting them to make her a Korean name.

    Clearly that version is different from the original, so you need to ignore my previous posts. I apologise for wasting your time.

    I was the origin of the confusion, "by making her a Korean name" is what I made, it's not part of the writing. It was she who tried to make a name for herself, not getting others to do it. She just wanted to make a Korean name for herself.

    I think "relate to" is just "tell something to somebody", so it's like this.
    I thought what a better way (it was) to relate to my students than to choose a Korean nickname for myself
    =I thought it was a better way to tell (about what name to make) to my students than to choose a Korean nickname for myself.

    But i"m not sure, please confirm this. Help me!
    Last edited by keannu; 03-Oct-2011 at 07:31.

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    Re: what a better way

    One thing seems to have been missed in the thread. We don't generally say "I thought what a better way..."

    I would use reported speech:

    I thought "What better way to get close to my students than to make a Korean name for myself?"

    As you can see, we say "What better way..." not "What a better way..."

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